2802 Tasting Notes
Finishing off the last of this sample from Min River Tea. BTW, am I the only one who feels guilty if I get free samples from a vendor and then don’t end up buying anything? I should get over it.
I don’t have a lot of Chinese green teas in my collection, most of my straight/flavored green teas are Japanese. I’m not sure why this is the case as I do enjoy them. At any rate, Min River has some delicious Chinese green teas, some of the best I have had to date. I think I will go in for a 2nd steep of this one, perhaps it will mollify my immune system. See previous review for a better tasting note :)
This tea gives me problems when I try brewing it (because it’s a black/green) blend but I think I’ve discovered the secret is steeping it for around 3 minutes at water that’s around 190 – 200 f.
So blast this being sick stuff, I am missing another class today. I took a nap and woke up feeling worse than I did before I went to sleep. I thought a cup of this would be nice, I am definitely getting the orange notes, ‘though it’s hard to taste a lot in my current state.
Also I forgot to mention, here is a blog post about Sophie’s Cuppa, in Montclair, if anyone is interested in reading it. What a lovely place. I’d highly recommend a visit if you’re in the area.
I woke up this morning feeling worse than yesterday, so I don’t think I will be drinking any new teas today. Blast this %^^$#@ cold!
Because of the bergamot, this is not something I would normally choose to drink in the morning but since I can’t taste or smell much today it hardly matters, lol… this is pretty good with soymilk and some coconut sugar. If you haven’t tried coconut sugar I highly recommend you give it a go. I get mine at Trader Joe’s and it seems to give a mild, sweet flavor to a lot of teas.
This is sort of a small thing but my “likes” are not sticking to people’s tea tasting notes, is anyone else having the same issue?
Going through my pu’erh box this afternoon, I found this sample disc from mercuryhime which is ancient, oh well, at least it’s had more time to age… :)
I’ve been trying to make an effort to drink more of my pu’erhs. Shu is especially nice s an after lunch drink, where it seems good for your digestion and it’s early enough that I don’t have to worry about the caffeine keeping me awake. This disc is good because it doesn’t have any post fermentation flavor that you sometimes pick up with shu. I am getting mostly cocoa in my cup & I will enjoy a few more steeps of this today. Farewell Butiki…
I thought I would try this one again today, it is definitely better steeped for only 3 minutes, which is keeping the spiciness from the garam masala down a bit. I swear this tea smells like curry though, I think the g.m. might just be a bit too much for me in this particular blend. I want something that’s more like a pumpkin dessert and less like an Indian restaurant. I will probably finish the cup but I’m not sure if I will find a way to prepare this that’s really too my liking. Totally interested in swapping this for something if others are interested. :)
okay, I am trying this again. I think my nose has cleared up enough for a proper sense of taste. This doesn’t really remind me of cheesecake but it does have a spicy cookie kind of flavor. Also I like the nutmeg in this blend which is yummy. I am drinking this with soymilk, which should help with the cheesecake flavor but doesn’t. I like this blend fairly well though and I think I will enjoy drinking it.
I was digging through my pu’erh box today and it’s been a long time since I’ve had this, I thought I would break it out and try some this morning. This cake is 7 years old already and will benefit from a bit more aging as it is still fairly aggressive, but I am drinking it with a lower water temp. and hoping it will clear up my stagnant qi. Nice lemony notes and some smoke here.
It wasn’t that easy to get out of bed this morning! I am feeling better than I was last night but still feel like I am fighting something off… I was supposed to go to a seminar this morning but I think I might lay low until my class tonight. anyway I decided to have this as my breakfast tea along with some toast and peanut butter. It’s very cinnamon-y, reminds me of cinnamon candy. At times I wish this wasn’t so one-dimensional, I guess I could always try adding something to it, like cardamom maybe. Still this is pretty good the way it is :)
It seems like I am coming down with a cold, I’ve been sniffling and sneezing a lot in the last few hours. I’m hoping it’s just allergies but who knows… took a Benadryl and some Vitamin C to try and cover both bases.
I’ve been wanting to try this one. I have to say, it strikes me as a spicy rooibos blend that definitely has a lot of nutmeg in it. I enjoy the flavor but am not really picking up cheesecake. I think my tastebuds seem to be off due to all this sniffling, so I will avoid rating this one for now until my nose is back to normal. :) It feels good to be drinking something warm and soothing. yay for tea!